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Redfin Reports Home Prices and Mortgage Rates Rise, Pushing Would-Be Buyers to the Sidelines


(NASDAQ: RDFN) ?The median U.S. home-sale price rose 6.1% year over year during the four weeks ending February 11, the biggest increase since October 2022. That's according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

Mortgage rates are rising, too, exacerbating high prices to drive costs up: Daily average rates are sitting above 7%, up from 6.6% at the beginning of the month.

High costs are one factor keeping would-be homebuyers on the sidelines. Pending home sales are down 7.3% year over year, one of the biggest declines in over four months, and Redfin's Homebuyer Demand Index?a seasonally adjusted measure of requests for tours and other homebuying services from Redfin agents?is down 18%. In addition to high housing costs, several seasonal factors kept some house hunters at home this past week: extreme storms in Southern California, the Lunar New Year and the Super Bowl (none of which are accounted for in the demand index's seasonal adjustment). Sellers are a bit more active than buyers, with new listings up 8% year over year as some homeowners hope to take advantage of rising prices.

"The Super Bowl is like Groundhog Day for real estate economists; we usually have a read on how the market is shaping up by the beginning of February, and the read this year is that it's looking sluggish so far, mostly because of stubbornly high mortgage rates," said Redfin Economic Research Lead Chen Zhao. "This week's hotter-than-expected inflation report confirms that the Fed is unlikely to cut interest rates next month, which means mortgage rates will stay near 7% for now. Activity should pick up a bit in the spring, partly because it'll be selling season and partly because people are getting more and more accustomed to elevated rates. We expect mortgage rates to start declining later in the spring as inflation eases and the Fed finally starts cutting interest rates."

Christine Kooiker, a Redfin Premier agent in Grand Rapids, MI, said she's encouraging homeowners who are thinking about selling to list soon.

"A lot of sellers want to wait until spring, but I'm telling people to consider listing in the next few weeks because even though demand is fairly slow, there's hardly anything else on the market," Kooiker said. "Buyers may want to act sooner rather than later, too, because prices will continue to go up. I have a few clients who waited to make an offer, or made an offer that was too low, and now they regret it because a house they love got snatched up."

Leading indicators

Indicators of homebuying demand and activity

 

Value (if applicable)

Recent change

Year-over-year change

Source

Daily average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

7.09% (Feb. 14)

Up from 6.75% a week earlier

Up from 6.54%

Mortgage News Daily

Weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate

6.64% (week ending Feb. 8)

Near lowest level since May

Up from 6.12%

Freddie Mac

Mortgage-purchase applications (seasonally adjusted)

 

Down 3% from a week earlier; up 1% from a month earlier (as of week ending Feb. 9)

Down 12%

Mortgage Bankers Association

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index (seasonally adjusted)

 

Down about 6% from a week earlier (as of week ending Feb. 11)

Down 18%

Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index, a measure of requests for tours and other homebuying services from Redfin agents

Google searches for "home for sale"

 

Essentially unchanged from a month earlier (as of Feb. 10)

Down 11%

Google Trends

Touring activity

 

Up 14% from the start of the year (as of Feb. 12)

At this time last year, it was up 10% from the start of 2023

ShowingTime, a home touring technology company

Key housing-market data

U.S. highlights: Four weeks ending February 11, 2024

Redfin's national metrics include data from 400+ U.S. metro areas, and is based on homes listed and/or sold during the period. Weekly housing-market data goes back through 2015. Subject to revision.

 

Four weeks ending February 11, 2024

Year-over-year change

Notes

Median sale price

$362,725

6.1%

Biggest increase since Oct. 2022

Median asking price

$395,850

6.3%

 

Median monthly mortgage payment

$2,608 at a 6.64% mortgage rate

9.1%

Down roughly $110 from all-time high set in October 2023, but up roughly $250 from the four weeks ending Dec. 31

Pending sales

72,221

-7.3%

Biggest decline since October 2023 (with the exception of the prior 4-week period, when there was a 7.4% decline)

New listings

73,214

8%

 

Active listings

751,411

-2.5%

 

Months of supply

4.2 months

+0.1 pt.

4 to 5 months of supply is considered balanced, with a lower number indicating seller's market conditions.

Share of homes off market in two weeks

35.3%

Up from 34%

 

Median days on market

50

-2 days

 

Share of homes sold above list price

22.5%

Up from 20%

 

Share of homes with a price drop

5.6%

+1.1 pts.

 

Average sale-to-list price ratio

98.2%

+0.5 pts.

 

Metro-level highlights: Four weeks ending February 11, 2024

Redfin's metro-level data includes the 50 most populous U.S. metros. Select metros may be excluded from time to time to ensure data accuracy.

 

Metros with biggest year-over-year increases

Metros with biggest year-over-year decreases

Notes

Median sale price

Newark, NJ (14%)

New Brunswick, NJ (13.8%)

Miami (13.2%)

Anaheim, CA (12.8%)

Warren, MI (12%)

San Antonio, TX (-5.2%)

Austin, TX (-1.4%)

Fort Worth, TX (-0.7%)

 

 

Declined in 3 metros

Pending sales

San Jose, CA (9%)

Cleveland, OH (2%)

San Francisco (1.9%)

 

 

Portland, OR (-31.3%)

San Antonio, TX (-28.4%)

Warren, MI (-24.2%)

Nashville, TN (-21.8%)

New Brunswick, TN (-20.1%)

Increased in 3 metros

New listings

Dallas, TX (28.6%)

Jacksonville, FL (28.4%)

Fort Lauderdale, FL (26.7%)

Miami (25.6%)

Tampa, FL (19.6%)

Milwaukee, WI (-13.5%)

Atlanta (-13.3%)

Chicago (-11.9%)

Portland, OR (- 11.7%)

Nashville, TN (-7.4%)

Declined in 12 metros

To view the full report, including charts, please visit:
https://www.redfin.com/news/housing-market-update-prices-mortgage-rates-rise

About Redfin

Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We also run the country's #1 real estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with same day tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home in certain markets can have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Customers who buy and sell with Redfin pay a 1% listing fee, subject to minimums, less than half of what brokerages commonly charge. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1.5 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 4,000 people.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com. To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center. To be added to Redfin's press release distribution list, email [email protected]. To view Redfin's press center, click here.


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